Friday, April 23, 2021
Honorable Mention: Blackhawk (Love & Gravity), Barenaked Ladies (Gordon), Clint Black (One Emotion)
Honorable Mention: Dispatch (Bang Bang)
Honorable Mention: Eve 6 (Self-Titled), Evan & Jaron (Self-Titled)
F: Ben Folds
Honorable Mention: Fastball (All the Pain Money Can Buy)
Honorable Mention: Goo Goo Dolls (Dizzy Up the Girl)
Honorable Mention: Billy Joel
Honorable Mention: Live, Legião Urbana, Lifehouse (No Name Face)
Honorable Mention: Jason Mraz (Mr. A-Z), Edwin McCain (Misguided Roses), Pat McGee (Save Me)
Honorable Mention: Matt Nathanson (Beneath These Fireworks)
Honorable Mention: Tonic (Lemon Parade), Josh Turner (Your Man)
Thursday, April 22, 2021
I feel that there are too many sets on my wantlist that have been
sitting there for years while I slowly chip away at them. Last year I
noticed that a lot of those sets are well within striking distance this
year, so I've tried to swing some trades for set needs while focusing my
recent Sportlots purchase on sets as well. I was able to kill a good number of sets this way, and I'm continuing the practice this year. I'll still write an end-of-the-year sets completion post in December/January, but I also want to track some of my set acquisitions along the way.
Today we'll look at a set that flies under my radar most of the time: 2012 Rookies and Stars football.
Why I'm collecting this set: Years ago, I bought a Dollar Tree gravity feed box because it was cheap. I came within a card or two of the veteran base and substantial number of rookies, so I thought I'd finish it off. Starting at #216, the "base" cards of the top rookies are all autos, which I am not chasing. So for my intents and purposes, rookies like Andrew Luck, RGIII, and Russell Wilson don't exist in the checklist. However, you can see from the picture above that there are still some solid rookies in the base set. Lavonte David and Stephon Gilmore stand out, but Melvin Ingram, Kevin Zeitler, Janoris Jenkins, and Dont'a Hightower have built pretty good careers, while Kellen Moore is going to be a hot coaching commodity in the near future.
How long has it been on my wantlist (roughly)?: Five, six years now.
Current state of set completion: 210/215 (97.7%)
Current needs: 151 (Alfred Morris), 156 (Bobby Wagner), 163 (Courtney Upshaw), 177 (Harrison Smith), 215 (T.Y. Hilton)
Prognosis: This has been a somewhat challenging set for me. I'm not sure why. A partial explanation could be that the set is a little bit boring to me. Another possible explanation is that I am demotivated by the fact that I'm not going to complete the full set, so it doesn't feel like a real chase. Yet another explanation is that they're hard to find for trade. I'm feeling fairly certain that nobody collected this set; therefore nobody has any to trade. I've had some luck finding them on Sportlots, but I always seem to have higher priorities when buying. The cards shown here all came from my most recent Sportlots order. With only five cards left, I should be able to polish it off. But I'm not making any promises as to how soon that will happen.
Thursday, April 15, 2021
My kids don't follow sports the way I do. They take a barely casual interest in it, once in a while asking me how the Jazz or D-Backs are doing, but they don't pay much attention to professional sports. They enjoy playing on their Little League teams, but that's about it. But they understand my obsession and little traditions, which led to this exchange with my oldest on April 1.
Me: "Do you know what today is?"
Son: "No. What?"
Me: "It's Opening Day!"
Son: "So are we going to go get some cards?"
My wife barely tolerates my collecting, so I have stopped trying to get the kids involved because it bothers her so much and they don't seem to care. But they do know the Opening Day tradition of cracking some baseball card packs. That is pretty much all they get of cards for the year. For me, Opening Day for baseball is "Opening" Day for a box of cards, sometimes the only box I'll get to break for the year. It certainly looks that way for this year, and I explained to my son that I didn't buy them any packs because cards are nowhere to be found right now.
But I did have my pre-ordered box of Topps Opening Day on hand for my opening.
I've seen Flagship going around on the blogs, and the consensus is that it's not Topps' best effort. I've seen pictures, but this is the first I've seen the design in hand. And I have to say that I don't hate it like expected. In fact, I kind of liked it as I sifted through the pile and sorted the set. The small name font didn't bother me like I thought it would (full disclosure: my eyesight is still nearly perfect, so you might have to give me a few more years to take issue with it). I think it's my favorite Flagship design since at least 2018, and maybe even longer. We'll see how my opinion evolves as time goes on.
There was one major beef I had with this box: for the first time in my tradition of opening Opening Day on Opening Day, the box did not yield a complete set. I'm still 13 cards away from the base set. I received only two dupes, so the reason I fell short of the base set was the number of inserts I pulled. The two dupes, for those interested in trading, are #26 (Brett Gardner) and #63 (Carlos Correa).
Even though I like the base design, I've already decided that I won't be buying any unopened packs of Flagship because I don't like the inserts. The Flagship inserts are too much of the same thing, regurgitating past designs and expecting me to chase them. Well, I won't. Inserts have typically been better in Opening Day, but this year, I was underwhelmed here too. Take this set: it's a good checklist and I considered building it, but the look of it is just "blah" to me. After sitting on the decision for a few days, I decided to keep Jackie, Willie, Ichiro, and Roger for my collection, but the rest are up for trade. Oh, and I pulled two Jackie Robinsons, so I have a copy available of that one, too.
Mascots are a yearly Opening Day staple, but I don't collect them. All of these are available, plus a few others that I didn't scan. And I have two copies of the Blue Jays' mascot, Ace.
The Opening Day insert is also a staple. Some years I chase it; some years I don't. It's a "no" this year. I also received a dupe of one of these cards (though I forget which one right now). That makes three insert doubles in the box, while I didn't even get my base set! All of these are up for trade if anybody is interested.
Ahh, now here is the set that I want to complete. These five get me halfway there. I'd be interested in trading for the other five if you've got them available. I like the looks of this one and I like the commemoration of Opening Day achievements and not just the ballpark on that day.
Of course, there is the annual blue foil parallel, which allegedly has a print run equal to the year, but is never serial-numbered as such. These cards look pretty good, but I'm not interested in any of these players, so all are up for trade here.
And for the third straight year, I beat the odds (1:228 this year) and pulled a relic.
So there's good and bad. I ended up liking the design way more than I expected. I pulled a non-guaranteed hit. But the inserts were somewhat uninspired and I ended up with insert dupes. Plus, the relic took up the space of three cards, so I think I would have preferred to get closer to the base set, which I didn't polish off in one box this year. But it's always a fun break and I've already received a trade offer on TCDB this morning that will net me six of the thirteen set needs. The other seven are posted on my Want List page. If you see something you want here, let me know and let's trade!
Friday, April 2, 2021
Heisman winners in college unis!
All 2000s team, including a pair of rookies.
All-Decade, 1980s and 1990s.
Vintage Packers. You know, Ron Widby recently passed away. During his college years, he transitioned from QB to punter because of an injury. Even cooler: he was the 1967 SEC Player of the Year in basketball for Tennessee.
More modern Packers, including a new Jordy Nelson and my first Scott Tolzien card.
All 2000s team. All but one are inserts or serial-numbered.
Cards from sets that were not yet represented in my quest to collect one base card from every football set ever made. I'd never before seen the 1997 Pinnacle Inscriptions set (represented by Jim Harbaugh), and it is astounding. I wish I'd picked up a few others.
All-Star MVPs. 2011 Topps Ichiro is a popular card; I'm glad to finally have one of my own.
Rookie of they Year, including some nice vintage.
All-Time All-Star collection.
More All-Time All-Stars, Yankee style. I learned when I was logging these into TCDB that Russo apparently doesn't have too many cards to choose from.
These cards don't fit any collection. I just thought they were too awesome to pass up. John Matuszak is better known to me as Sloth in The Goonies, since I was born after his playing days.
All these cards for $.25 apiece! That wraps up my card show haul. Which card was your favorite here? Let me know in the comments.